Root Canals

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What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is the center of the root of a tooth, but the more common usage of the term refers to a type of endodontic (that’s Greek for ‘inside of tooth’) treatment that relieves the pain of an infected tooth or an abscessed tooth.

Our teeth have a soft inner core called the pulp that serves to nourish the tooth during development. The pulp also contains nerves and blood vessels, but once a tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the pulp. Sometimes, due to tooth decay, an abscess, a cracked tooth, injury or other reasons, the pulp may become infected. Often an infected tooth can be very painful.

But thanks to advanced dental science, we can save the tooth by removing the pulp and filling the inside-including the root canals-with a filler material and then restoring the top so you have a healthy, functional and natural looking tooth.

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

 Almost always–no. The truth is that a root canal procedure relieves pain. A root canal is legendary for being extremely painful because many years ago, dental technology was far less advanced than it is now. The pain that you feel today is from the infection before we begin. We use local anesthesia and most people who undergo root canal treatment feel comfortable during the procedure. Although, for a few days afterward, there may be some sensitivity. This is especially true if you had pain before the procedure, and it’s mild enough to be relieved with over-the-counter medication.

Of course, if you are experiencing extreme pain or anxiety due to the infection and fear of root canal treatment, we offer sedation dentistry to put you at ease.

How Does a Root Canal Work?   

We begin by making you comfortable. Whether it’s sedation dentistry or local anesthesia, soon you’ll be relaxed and your toothache will begin to recede.

We check to make sure you’re comfortable and then we protect the tooth from saliva with a dental dam; that’s a piece of rubber that acts like an upside-down umbrella. We then dry the tooth and remove any fillings while entering the core of the tooth with very precise instruments.

Throughout the procedure, you’ll hear us ask if you’re okay. We’ll regularly check X-Rays, too and use tiny measuring tools as we remove the infected pulp while being careful to leave the healthy part of the tooth in place.

Once the pulp and the infection is removed, we fill the root canals with a rubber-type material called gutta-percha.

A temporary filling goes on top, and once you’re healed, we’ll often finish by placing a dental crown on top. As a result, your tooth will be restored to full health.

Do I Need a Root Canal?   

A tooth infection that has gone too deep is very painful and can cause a range of potentially debilitating issues. It’s important to remove the infection and assure that it doesn’t enter the jaw bone. If you’re having a problem with any of the following, a root canal may be right for you:

  • Persisting Chronic Toothaches If you have a toothache that just won’t go away, it’s likely because of a tooth infection. We’ll be able to tell if a root canal is recommended to relieve your pain.
  • Abscesses An abscess is an infection in or around the root of the tooth. It happens when the pulp dies and becomes inflamed. A root canal can help remove the abscess and stop the infection from getting worse.
  • Swelling Around Teeth Often, swelling around teeth is an indication of a tooth infection. If you’ve noticed swelling around one of your teeth that just doesn’t go away, you might have a deep infection that a root canal will resolve.
  • Severe Sensitivity Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of things, including a deep root infection. If you have severe sensitivity along with other issues, a root canal may be the answer.

Modern root canals are effective and comfortable to undergo. At White Family Dental, we are always sensitive to your pain and anxiety about going to the dentist. We’ll take the time to explain the procedure and recommend the best options.

Don’t suffer any longer because of the myths associated with root canals. Root canals actually relieve painful toothaches.

Call today and we’ll relieve your pain and your fears.

 

Have questions about root canal therapy? Contact us today for more information.


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1 out of 5 stars

posted 2 days ago

I had a great experience until I told my dentist that I have a chronic pain condition and that I take pain pills. I'd had several serious issues with my teeth and read research showing a link between my condition and tooth decay.
I went there one more time for, I think, the third root canal I'd had in just a month or two. It took two hours and typically they try not to do more than an hour at a time. At the end, he told me he wouldn't be giving me pain meds. Every other time, they had. When he stepped out of the room, the dental assistant looked at me horrified and told me that I needed to tell him to give me some and she was completely shocked that he wasn't going to give me any after a two hour root canal. But he refused and said call if I really need them.
I was talking Tramadol for my Endometriosis, but it is not strong enough to deal with tooth pain. At that time, it had been nearly two years since I'd actually gone out to have fun as I'd been bedridden from my pain. It just so happened the day after my procedure, my husband and I had bought comedy show tickets and I desperately wanted to go. So I called and asked for a few pain pills because my tooth really started hurting the next morning. They agreed.
However, when I picked them up, the receptionist informed me that, "this is not a pharmacy" and they will no longer give me pain meds regardless of what procedure they perform. I was mortified as the whole waiting room listened... I just walked out and cried in my car. I'd never experienced that level of discrimination before.
A few days later I got a phone call from them. Suddenly, my pre-arranged monthly payments were no longer sufficient and I had to pay my balance in full before I could return. I'd just had Step 1 of the 2 Step crown procedure and asked if I could please just come in for that last appointment since I had just paid to do the first part. Nope, the second step wasn't immediately necessary so I could wait until my balance was paid.
I know this is a long review, but I'm hoping others who struggle with chronic pain will read this and know to go elsewhere. Hopefully others will feel the same way too. Discrimination of any type is not acceptable, especially in the medical /dental community. I was taking Tramadol, which is a step or two above Aleve- not near strong enough to help with tooth pain. I wish they would have gotten to know me first. They would likely be surprised to know I have my Masters in psychology, refused pain meds for the first three years of my chronic pain, and only wanted 5 pills max, just enough for a day or two and so I could go on a date with my husband for the first time in two years. Also, I really don't think anyone would pay for and go through a root canal for five vicodin or percocet. I've actually worked with addicts before I got ill and to be honest, feigning a need for a root canal would be counterproductive to the addict's need for the "no feeling" high. I'm so disappointed in them, as a person, patient, and therapist.
*I'm pretty sure Dr. White told the billing lady to call me and tell me that my payments were no longer acceptable. I believe he has been fully aware of what happened.
I am not contacting "you". This review was provided to help other people with illnesses or disabilities make an informed decision. No one with an incurable disease should have to face such immature and unethical behavior when seeking care.

No record? Wow... I didn't think you guys would stoop so low as to blatantly lie. And I'm pretty sure I'm not going to confuse the only dentist I've been to since I've lived in the state of PA.

Dyanne Wagner
Dyanne Wagner

4 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Nice, people, Dr White very nice dr. I received
A call, saying after he n another dr discussed,
I was not a GOOD fit! To get a tooth pulled?
No explanation, except, my health history.
I was not encouraged, to say the least.
People, it is your decision, whether or not to
Pull ur tooth. Sometimes it does come down to money, $3,000 may glibly fly from some folk's repertoire, but for us not able to get able dental insurance, with our health plans,
Its a tossup. D.W.

Smiles n happy, peppy people, yes by all means , DO contribute to a positive dental
experience! I couldn't agree more. :)
Honestly, folks, I so wish those lovely qualities
could translate into cash. But reality, being
What it is, prevented my first plan , to save my tooth, then crown it. I just could not bear to
see my retired husband have to work so hard,
to pay for it. With a broken knee, I also have Post Concussive Syndrome, he takes care of me so well.The rest I still have no knowledge
of . Things are not always what they seem. :)

As matters turned out, he had been fed the
Wrong conclusion, by the first dentist's
Assistant. I straightened it out with the correct facts. We are ,^^^"friends" again. D.W.

Lindsey Wostmann
Lindsey Wostmann

5 out of 5 stars

posted 8 months ago

They have the most amazing and patient people working at the office. The work with any fear or worry you have. I will never go any where else... they are wonderful! Thank ya'll SO much!!!!

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